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Council workers down their tools

12 April 2013, 13:24 Alloys Musyoka

Malindi Municipal activities were paralyzed for some hours on Thursday after council workers downed their tools demanding salary arrears amounting to KES 20 million.

The over 254 workers who camped outside the Malindi municipal council offices claimed they had not been paid their salaries from September last year to January this year.

They claimed the arrears were a result of salary increment which has not been effected since September last year.

"There was increment of council workers' salary since September last year but the finance department has not paid us that increment for five months and that is what we want," said one of the workers.

The workers chanted slogans outside the municipal offices saying 'no money no work' as they danced blocking the municipal offices entrance with branches.

They claimed failure by the municipal council to pay them was attracting a major strike which would paralyse all activities in the tourist hub.

One of the council workers who spoke to the media said the council was playing hide and seek game with workers whenever they inquired about the matter.

"Imagine we have been asking them why they are not paying us our increment since it was announced but no one cared giving us feedback. They should know the worse strike ever is on the way if they do not pay our arrears," posed the council worker.

However, Malindi municipal council treasurer Duncan Obura addressed the angry workers assuring them that the issue would be addressed soon.

He urged the council workers to remain calm and go back to work as they address the matter, saying they would be paid before the end of the month.

Addressing media separately, Obura said it was difficult to pay the workers at once because of lack of money by the council.

"We had no enough money to pay KES 20 million at once by January. That is why they are complaining but by the end of this month they will be paid," said the Municipal council treasurer.

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